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04 September 2013 @ 11:11 am
governing hugs  
As previously mentioned, Governor Patrick was speaking at our office today, as a kickoff to the multi-year project to rebuild and revitalize the campus where our office is located. There was an opportunity for questions at the end of the presentation, and a couple of people asked about tax and infrastructure issues. In his answers, Patrick commented as to how no one likes taxes. Well, I DO like taxes, as long as they're spent well, so I took the opportunity to stand up and say so, and why, and thanking him for his work on spending them wisely and asking him to continue to do so. He asked me to stay after the talking so he could give me a hug, and, in fact, as the event was wrapping up, one of his staffers came to find me to bring me up to meet him.

So, I got to hug the governor!

And I'm all nerves after that, but it was pretty neat.
I'm feeling: chipperchipper
Randy Smithrandysmith on September 4th, 2013 03:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you. (Again :-}.)

lazyzlazyz on September 4th, 2013 03:31 pm (UTC)
Yes indeed, you rock!!!
Yagayagagriswold on September 4th, 2013 03:32 pm (UTC)
Yay! Thank you for speaking up for those of us who like taxes!
Renata Piperlyonesse on September 4th, 2013 04:18 pm (UTC)
this exactly!
John Louisgrail76 on September 4th, 2013 05:01 pm (UTC)
yes, indeed.
goslinggosling on September 5th, 2013 01:05 am (UTC)
Mizarchivist: MassEqualitymizarchivist on September 4th, 2013 04:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah- I am really OK with smart taxes. Thanks for saying something. Bonus hugs! I'd be all jittery, too :)
veek on September 4th, 2013 04:09 pm (UTC)
Mouseketeer Stigmatatrom on September 4th, 2013 04:10 pm (UTC)
phoenix: blissedamber_phoenix on September 4th, 2013 04:15 pm (UTC)
unintentionally intimidatingcoraline on September 4th, 2013 04:32 pm (UTC)
awesome you, and awesome getting recognized for it :)
Kcatkcatalyst on September 4th, 2013 04:33 pm (UTC)
Elizabeth Hunterlillibet on September 4th, 2013 05:06 pm (UTC)
Yay, hugs! And yay, well-managed taxation!
drwexdrwex on September 4th, 2013 05:30 pm (UTC)
I hope you got a picture
That's fantastic on all counts.
The Hebrew Hammercock: pic#820100hammercock on September 5th, 2013 12:26 pm (UTC)
Nice! And yes, I'm all for well-managed taxes that fund civilization. I like civilization.
Ellen: at workkeyne on September 5th, 2013 07:10 pm (UTC)
I talked to Gov. Patrick in Starbucks a couple of years ago (only got a handshake, not a hug!) and enjoyed the conversation too.

And yesterday I got to argue in favor of school taxes on a friend's Facebook page, much to her relief and several others'. I pointed out that as a homeschooler I'm still happy to pay, because an educated citizenry is a Good Thing. (I'm so tired of the "it doesn't benefit me personally, so why should I pay?" position ... it's called living in a society, folks.)
Cos: frff-profilecos on September 6th, 2013 02:01 am (UTC)

I try to remember each year to call my state rep and state senator and demand / plead for a higher state income tax. Do you ever do that? If not, wanna start?
Beowabbit: Pol: Mass. State House and pride flagbeowabbit on September 6th, 2013 04:34 am (UTC)
That’s fabulous!
“I like paying taxes. With them I buy civilization.” —Oliver Wendell Holmes
Randomnessr_ness on September 10th, 2013 04:51 pm (UTC)
Go you! It's important for people to stand up and say why they're for taxes.

And hey, you got to hug the governor!